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Summary of Recent Cases, May 2020

15/05/20. Here is a summary of the recent notable court cases over the past month. You can also receive these for free by registering for our PI Brief Update newsletter. Just select "Free Newsletter" from the menu at the top of this page and fill in your email address.

Summary of Recent Cases - Substantive Law

Warsama v London Fire Brigade [2020] EWHC 718 (QB)

This recent High Court Case considered liability and contributory negligence in relation to an accident which occurred when an emergency vehicle on call collided with a pedestrian who stepped into the road whilst under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The Claimant sustained serious injuries when the nearside wing mirror of a moving fire appliance struck her head whilst she was in the carriageway of Commercial Road, London. The fire appliance was responding to an emergency call out, and had its siren and flashing lights activated. The Claimant walked from the pavement, across a bus lane, onto the carriageway and into the path of the fire appliance. The Claimant accepted some responsibility for the incident. Thus, the court had to determine whether the driver of the fire appliance was negligent and, if so, the extent of the Claimant's contributory negligence.

The Claimant contended that the driver...

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